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Glamour Junkies
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/4/2014 4:46:19 AM

I was an admirer of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s, but I was not surprised to learn that he had died as the result of a heroin misadventure. Not that I was in any way privy to Mr. Hoffman’s private life, it is just that I am never surprised when somebody dies from heroin. At least three young men in the New York suburbs died of heroin overdoses just before Mr. Hoffman’s death, western Pennsylvania is full of the stuff, and Vermont claims to be in the midst of a full-on heroin epidemic. Every few years I read about how heroin is

      


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Glamour Junkies
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:46:19 AM     Post Reply
I was an admirer of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s, but I was not surprised to learn that he had died as the result of a heroin misadventure. Not that I was in any way privy to Mr. Hoffman’s private life, it is just that I am never surprised when somebody dies from heroin. At least three young men in the New York suburbs died of heroin overdoses just before Mr. Hoffman’s death, western Pennsylvania is full of the stuff, and Vermont claims to be in the midst of a full-on heroin epidemic. Every few years I read about how heroin is

   

 

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National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:43:40 AM     Post Reply
When Hillary Clinton ran for president, Edward Snowden was still working in obscurity for the CIA. Drones were discussed as deterrents against illegal immigrants, not as counterterrorism killing machines. Lehman Brothers hadn´t gone bust, and neither had the global economy. So much has happened since Clinton quit the race on June 7, 2008; and her tenure as secretary of State plus a year away from pub­lic office has allowed her to avoid fervid political debates. Even issues well trod by Clinton, such as gun control and health care, have taken on new context in the wake of Newtown and Obamacare. And

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Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:38:09 AM     Post Reply
Process of elimination for center-right Republicans. If Christie’s too damaged by Bridgegate and Jeb Bush is too damaged by his brother’s legacy, who becomes their champion in the primaries? They’d prefer a guy who’s hawkish, who’s socially conservative enough to please evangelicals, but who’s “reasonable” enough to help business interests with things like amnesty. If he’s young, Latino, and telegenic, so much the better. I know just the man. A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington’s business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but

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A haggard Philip Seymour Hoffman knew he was trapped in a downward spiral, readily admitting, “I’m a heroin addict,’’ to a stranger two weeks ago. The Oscar-winning actor made the bizarre admission to magazine publisher John Arundel at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, after the businessman didn’t immediately recognize him and asked what he did for a living. “He said, ‘I’m a heroin addict,’?” the Washington Life Magazine co-publisher recalled for The Post on Monday. Arundel said Hoffman then took off his “sloppy hat” and the publisher realized his mistake and said, “Oh, you’re Philip Seymour Hoffman.” “Bingo!” the actor replied,

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Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:39:49 AM     Post Reply
Katherine Zimmerman of AEI, whose work we have highlighted before, wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post about the need to formulate a reasonable definition of al Qaeda. The whole column is worth reading, but I was struck most by her explanation of why the military won’t take action against the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack: Here’s the problem: According to recently declassified testimony of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the House Armed Services Committee in October, the U.S. military regards itself as legally barred from going after the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks

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Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:34:38 AM     Post Reply
There´s no better way to travel to Davos than on somebody else´s Gulfstream. And that´s how the Democratic operatives involved in Invest Again thought they were going to fly: They were going to go to Switzerland on a private plane owned by the heirs of the Goodrich tire fortune. They were going to meet with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and with Richard Branson, the Virgin Atlantic founder, who had supposedly pledged $12 million in seed money for their new organization. Invest Again: It was a progressive organizer´s dream. People quit good jobs to join the staff. Major Democratic strategy firms­­­—Bully Pulpit,

   

 

  


 
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SEATTLE — With shouts, cheers and fireworks, Seattle residents celebrated a dominant victory in the Super Bowl — the city’s first major sports championship in more than 30 years. Thousands of people took to the streets and Seattle police planned an increased presence throughout the city Sunday night. They sent a tweet on the department’s widely followed Twitter account saying, “Officers will be out and about citywide making sure everyone is celebrating safely.” The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. The last time a major Seattle sports franchise won a championship was in 1979 when the Supersonics took the NBA title. The

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Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:09:30 AM     Post Reply
The most frequently repeated Democrat talking point concerning Republican opposition to Obamacare is the claim that the GOP has offered no alternative. This is nonsense, of course, but it has proved an effective device for suppressing a serious debate about the President’s “signature legislative achievement.” Predictably, Obama offered yet another variation on the theme during his recent State of the Union message: “I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law.… So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice — tell America what you’d do differently.” Ironically, as

‘America the vulgar’
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The trouble with liberals is not just that they eventually run out of other people’s money, as Margaret Thatcher observed. It’s that they find new ways every day to project their own dysfunctional worldview on the rest of us. It’s like living next door to a nuclear-waste dump run by the Bumpusses. You’d like to ignore it, but shards of spent fuel keep falling into your yard and setting your dog on fire. This is how non-progressive Americans increasingly view our ever-coarsening, “progressive” popular culture and the ruling elites who promote it. They’re aghast at not only the moral meltdown, but the

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This week marks Ronald Reagan’s 103rd birthday. Non-conservatives often mock the right’s nostalgia for the fortieth president, but the enthusiasm is as well placed as the FDR portraits that hung above many a New Deal Democrat’s mantle. Reagan was one of just two political figures associated with the modern conservative movement to win the Republican presidential nomination, and he’s the only one to make it to the White House. Ever since his 49-state landslide reelection in 1984—he came within one vote per Minnesota precinct of making it a 50-state sweep—conservatives have held the reins in the GOP but have been unable

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For five years, the Obama administration has touted its success in the war against al Qaeda. In formal addresses, daily press briefings, and campaign speeches top administration officials have celebrated the “decimation” of al Qaeda and predicted its imminent extinction. John Brennan, the president’s top adviser on these matters, even took the bold step of putting a timeframe on the end of al Qaeda. “If the decade before 9/11 was the time of al Qaeda’s rise and the decade after 9/11 was the time of its decline, then I believe this decade will be the one that sees its demise,”

   

 

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Sometimes even the federal government is capable of grasping the obvious. So it was late Friday afternoon, when the State Department dumped its report on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which is designed to transport oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands through America down to the Gulf Coast. Essentially, the report concluded that whether or not we go ahead with the pipeline, Canada is going to extract this oil. “The dominant drivers of oil-sands development,” says the report, “are more global than any single infrastructure project.” And because it will be developed with or without the pipeline, nothing the United



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